Tullow secondments provide opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience through work on key projects.
Over the past three years, Tullow has seconded over 50 colleagues from its African offices to its corporate offices in London and Dublin, giving secondees an opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience through work on key projects, which will ultimately enable them to succeed expatriates or grow their careers in our African offices. In 2018 we seconded 27 African colleagues to corporate offices.
In our Ghana business, in 2018 we promoted and hired 16 Ghanaians into senior leadership positions and among our broader staff base, nine roles were localised. Notwithstanding this progress, we saw a 3 per cent decline in localisation over the year, from 67 per cent in 2017 to 64 per cent in 2018. This was driven by an operational and business excellence programme, which involved some redundancies in our Ghana business.
Looking ahead to 2019, we are targeting localisation rates of 71 per cent by the end of the year. In our Kenya business, which from a human resource perspective has remained static in advance of FID, one role was localised. Overall, there was a 1 per cent improvement in localisation in our Kenya business last year, from 78 per cent in 2017 to 79 per cent in 2018.